The Campaign for a Free and Clear Lakefront is a grassroots coalition to remove Lakeshore Drive from Grant Park, and eventually the entire Chicago shoreline.

Lakefront growth rejected by voters

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Rogers Park plan finds few backers

 By Hal Dardick -- Chicago Tribune

Rogers Park voters sent a clear signal to Mayor Richard Daley and Park District officials Tuesday, rejecting the idea of extending Lake Shore Drive north to Evanston in a non-binding ballot question.

Of 4,124 residents in 10 lakefront precincts who voted on the advisory referendum, 88 percent said any new landfill north of Hollywood Avenue should not include roads, marinas or commercial buildings.

Activists were reacting in part to an architectural exhibit earlier this year that laid out several visions for a new lakeshore north of Hollywood. Ideas included an extended Lake Shore Drive, a ferry terminal, windmills, fish-feeding platforms and movable barges with forests and athletic fields.

The lakefront referendum was among nine non-binding questions on ballots in 16 wards across the city.

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